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English definition of “canvass”


verb [I or T] (GET SUPPORT)    /ˈkæn.vəs/
to try to get political support or votes , especially by visiting all the houses in an area : I've been out canvassing for the Labour Party every evening this week .Elections canvass     noun [C] Elections canvasser     /ˈkæn.və.sər/ US  /-sɚ/ noun [C] Supporters, members and defendersBelievers and non-believersActivism and pressure groups
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